Botanic to Bridge to fund Rosella Park School project

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21-Apr-2011

Rosella Park School has been named as the 2011 beneficiary from all public registrations in Gladstone Ports Corporation’s Botanic to Bridge.

CEO Leo Zussino made the announcement to an excited audience of teachers and students at the school on April 4.

Mr Zussino said the funds raised would go towards the school’s sensory garden project.

“Last year we were made aware of the school’s project through a donation request and we provided labour to clear the site.

“It became obvious that a large amount of funds is required to complete the project and in this case it was very easy for us to make the decision.”

The school’s Business Services Manager, Julie Nott said the sensory garden would provide students with interactive objects designed to stimulate the senses.

“The concept will provide a calming environment for children with special needs,” Ms Nott said.

“It’s not a new concept, but our garden is going to be a little different. We’ve picked out bits from other gardens and adapted those to our own needs.”

Julie said plans have been drawn with funding now to be finalised. She said the project would cost $55,000 of which $30,000 has already been found.

Plans for the sensory garden include a combination of real and mechanical plants, a waterfall, peep-boxes, wind chimes and other interactive objects.

An array of colours, sounds, smells and textures will stimulate the senses – all highly beneficial in the development of children with special needs.

All proceeds from public registrations (those who do not register as a school entry) will go to Rosella Park School with all funds from school registrations going back to local primary and secondary schools.

GPC will match all primary and secondary school registrations and donate the amount back to schools.

Last year’s event raised $20,887 for 2010 beneficiary the Tannum Sands Surf Lifesaving Club and over $28,000 for local primary and secondary schools through the 4,200 entries.

This year’s event will be even bigger with the number of entries increased to 6,000.

 

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